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Complimentary Feeding

Complimentary Feeding

Complementary feeding is for infants who are shifting gradually to table food from mother's milk by time they are one year old. 
There are 3 principles which are to be adhered so that the transition is easy for the baby.
1. Easy things first: This means that easily digestible food is to be administered first and then we can move on to complex food substances.
2. Start something new, one at a time: when introducing the baby to a new food item, the same food should be given at stretch for around ten days at about the same time.
3. New things in the morning: Before 1 o'clock. In case the child has a pain in the abdomen, vomits or has an allergic reaction to any food, this will leave you with enough time to handle the situation.

Supplementary food has to be served in a bowl or a glass or given orally with a spoon, never through a feeding bottle. You are allowed to create a distraction in order to feed the baby but force feeding is not allowed.


Start with soup first: Dal (split green gram: moong) water and soup made out of any 3 vegetables. Begin with clear soup and then gradually shift on to puree of the vegetables. After 10 days, you could start giving fruit in the morning. Best fruit to start with is banana. In the beginning, banana can be given with warm milk. You can give mango in the summers. And give an apple by boiling it after peeling off the skin. This is called stewed apple.

Rice is very easy to digest, so you can start feeding rice also. Hence precooked rice, mashed khichdi, pulaw, kheer can be given to bring about variety. Other cereals like wheat, barley, ragi, oats and corn can also be the choice there on. From 9 months, the child can be given 3 meals a day comprising of (1 cereal, 1 fruit and 1 misc. Keep in mind not to add sugar and salt in the food. Also no nuts, no non vegetarian food, no citrus fruit should be given. This can cause allergy

Wheat is also known to cause allergy, hence it should be given only after 6 months. The amount of food served, should be decided by the child based on his hunger and habit.

Happy eating, happy weaning!

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Weaning Or Introduction Of Complimentary Feeds!

Weaning Or Introduction Of Complimentary Feeds!

What is Weaning?

All babies reach a stage where only breast milk is insufficient to supply the nutrients required for the growth of the babies. This usually happens at around 6 months of life. This time one has to introduce new foods apart from breast milk which is called as weaning.

How to start weaning?

  1. Start with one meal a day and see how your baby reacts.
  2. Choose the best time of the day for you and your baby.
  3. Try feeding your baby with your family at meal times, or separately to start with.

What position should the baby be when introducing new food?

The best feeding position let your baby bring their hands together, be supported to sit upright and hold their head up easily.

Rules of weaning:

  • Use home prepared food as much as possible.
  • The food should be smooth and runny liquid as the baby has not learned to chew.
  • Use food that is nutritionally balanced and provides energy for growth.
  • Begin with pureed food with baby spoon. Gradually you can introduce more soft lumps and see the acceptance of this by your baby
  • Breast milk should continue till at least 2 years as this still is a rich source of energy for the babies.
  • Baby lead weaning is allowing the baby to join in family mealtimes and share the same food which they can explore and decide how much or how little to eat and how quickly.
  • Most babies take only 2-3 teaspoons at a first feed and may even spit
  • Be persistent and try the food at least minimum for 5 days to judge the acceptance of the baby.
  • Fruits and vegetables are very low in energy and not fit for growing baby as meal but can add energy as a snack. Mashed banana and 

Hi, nebulization is effective even when we use Seline water alone. Is it complimentary to medication?

Nebulizers use only when there is low oxygen density in the body and severe respiratory difficulty,,it is mechanical way of treatment,yes saline can be given along with nebulizers
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Hello doctor! Since teen years I have been suffering from sweaty hands and feet problem. It is really embarrassing and frustrating. I feel awkward to shake hands with somebody. Handling something puts my dirty sweat mark on it. So much sweat develops on my feet that my sandals become moist with unbearable foul smell. I feel like washing it everyday that I use alternate pair of sandals everyday I go in my college. And to make matters worse when I in tension it is even worse. It is a nightmare. Another complimentary and common problem is hair dandruff which which is as bad. I am fed up of this. Tried so many methods to prevent it and to no avail. It has stuck to head like a cursed magnet. This causes my scalp to be itchy and causes handful flaking. I feel like these problems kill me from inside. I feel kinda depressed due to it. Please help me doctor!

Hello lybrate-user. I can understand your problem but fretting over it will only increase your problem. Hyper active eccrine glands cause excessive sweating which is a very real problem. Firstly try a very simple thing. Use an anti perspirant on your hands and feet also while going out. This will block the glands and reduce sweating. I would suggest you to apply it on your hands nd feet even before going to sleep. Try Candid T V lotion for your dandruff. Use it twice weakly. Apply it on your scalp and let it stay for 10 mins. Then wash it off with your regular shampoo. If all these don't work, consult a good skin specialist. There are many other methods which can solve your problem. No need to be depressed. There is a solution for everything. Also avoid caffeine and spicy food. Hope that helps. Take care!
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When to start food for my 6months daughter and should I feed her other than milk?

When to start food for my 6months daughter and should I feed her other than milk?
At the end of 6 months. Start weaning first with soft semisolid foods like suji ka halwa, bananas, mashed potatoes, slowly in a few weeks add more solid. At the end of 1 year, your child should take 3 big katories of meals, and 2-3 snacks in between. You can also start top milk (cow's milk) over and above breast feeds. Breast feeding should be continued till 2 years.
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My baby is not gaining weight he 1.5 years old now still he is only 9 kg can you suggest me good food for him and good milk powder for him?

My baby is not gaining weight he 1.5 years old now still he is only 9 kg can you suggest me good food for him and goo...
Just give him/her your regular food at intervals of 3-4 hours as 5 times a day. 5 different color fruits a day / vegetables a day and have complimentary breast feeding as needed.
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My daughter 20 months old. She is not eating well. whenever we feed food she kept food more time in mouth and take more time to complete. Yesterday we have given lupibend dose for any worm inside stomach. Please suggest any idea.

My daughter 20 months old. She is not eating well. whenever we feed food she kept food more time in mouth and take mo...
Complimentary feeding at this age is very difficult. You need to look what taste she likes. You need to counsel her. She will copy you as well. So try to make her sit and eat with you.
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My baby is 5 months old today 6 month have started should I start him cerelac, upma,dalia or any other foods is it safe to give him fruit puree's.

My baby is 5 months old today 6 month have started should I start him cerelac, upma,dalia or any other foods is it sa...
No mam! wait till completion of 6 month and start of 7th month And then only start complimentary food along with breast feeding.
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My baby is 6 month old and I have started solid to her. How many time I should give her food in a day.

My baby is 6 month old and I have started solid to her. How many time I should give her food in a day.
Hi lybrate-user, thank you for your query. After 6 months, complimentary feeds to be started in addition to breast milk. To start, give one semisolid feed in a day and gradually increase to 2 feeds in a day over 10 to 14 days. So during 6-8 months, 2-3 feeds in a day and during 9-12 months, 3-4 feeds of complimentary feeds can be given. Give mashed feeds. Hope I have answered your concerns.
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